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Pilaster with Tendrils and Birds
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Pilaster with Tendrils and Birds

5 - 15. Marble.
Room 072

In the relief there is a remarkable combination of different types of plants, acanthus tendrils which end in rose flowers and tendrils with lancet-shaped leaves and fruits, emphasize the truly fantastic wealth of nature. It is in keeping with the Ara Pacis, the altar of peace in Rome (10 B. C.), with its references to the abundance, happiness and peace of Augustus’ Golden Age. Pilasters of this type were used to decorate temples and altars, arches, theatres, baths, monumental fountains and tomb facades.


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Inventory number
Roman Sculptor
Pilaster with Tendrils and Birds
5 - 15
Height: 63 cm; Width: 32 cm; Base/bottom: 4 cm
Collection of VII marqués del Carpio, Roma, 1676-1682; Royal Collection (Felipe V's collection, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia).

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica : guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1999, pp. 125.

Perea Yébenes, Sabino, Ecos del Ara Pacis en un relieve romano de tema bucólico, en el Museo del Prado, Imafronte, 17, 2003-2004, pp. 201-204.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 478-480.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 348.
348. Un trozo de adorno de marmol de / Carrara, con un adorno floral y / dos pajaros bebiendo en un jarro. / Este numero y los dos anteriores es- / tan colocados sobre un pedestal de / escayola igual al nº 344. / Largo 2 pies, 2 pulgadas. / Ancho 1 pie, 1 pulgada.

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Room 072 (On Display)

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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